The drive was much more interesting yesterday than expected. We'd already driven the distance between Bloomfield and Chaco Culture NHP, and found it flat and desolate. Beyond was a changing landscape, and it felt as if we'd seen everything New Mexico has to offer by the time we reached our final destination.
In 1769, Governor Pedro Fermin de Mendinueta made the San Joaquin del Nacimiento land grants to 35 pioneering families who had settled the headwaters of the Rio Puerco in 1766. The community was later abandoned, owing to raids by frontier Indian tribes, but was resettled in the late 1870's. Originally known as Nacimiento or La Laguna, it was renamed Cuba when the post office was established in 1887.
We're only here for two nights, but we've packed a lot into this short visit. We met up with an online friend and former blogger last night. Tonight, we'll meet up with a friend from high school. This afternoon, we'll visit the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. So you can see we won't lack for things to do. After this, we might need a vacation from our vacation.
Oh yes, and I mustn't forget...Mike uploaded the drone footage from our visit to the Bisti Badlands the previous day. Take a look. And if you can't see the video, then click right here.
And that's all I have for you this morning. After a quick breakfast, we'll be on our way to do some more exploring. My thanks go to my friend Nancy who reminded me of the looming government shut-down. (Sigh.) We were only planning to stay one night at Great Basin National Park on the 13th. (Figures, doesn't it? I might have thought it fell on a Friday, but no.) In the event the government shuts down, national parks will be closed. I'm hoping our
idiotic wise government officials will come to their senses before then. Just in case, we scouted out some alternatives, if necessary. Let's all cross our collective fingers and hope it doesn't come to that, okay?